How to apply for a job at Fresenius
The job search area provides information on current openings at the company. Please get in touch if you find a position (or maybe even several positions) here that interest you. We look forward to hearing from you.
Like to get the ball rolling straight away? Then why not apply online?
There are three ways to apply to Fresenius SE or one of our companies. As a rule, we suggest submitting an application via our online application system. It makes it easier for us to go through your information – and it saves you time and money!
Alternatively, we do of course accept applications via email or mail.
Filling out your application will only take about 10 to 15 minutes. And it goes without saying that you can attach your own documents to the form you complete online.
Naturally, if it’s not possible for you to submit your application over the Internet, we’d still like to hear from you – simply send us a hard copy of your application, or send us an email.
First impressions count
In most instances, the best way for us to gain an initial impression of you is for you to submit an application with a short cover letter, your résumé and (if you have them in your country) some kind of student certificate or work/named reference (the three most recent documents), plus any proof you have of academic qualifications. Some of the key things we need to know about you are what motivated you to apply to Fresenius, your qualifications and previous experience. Also, tell us what you hope to achieve at Fresenius. To help you submit your application and include the right documents, please also refer to the checklist.
Online application checklist
The selection process
Once we’ve received your documents (online or otherwise), we tend to follow a standard procedure for processing applications. The exact procedure depends on whether you’re applying in response to a specific opening or whether you’re submitting an unsolicited application.
Direct hire (applications for a specific opening)
If you’ve applied for a specific job opening, we’ll put your application into our applicant management system. Shortly afterwards, you’ll receive confirmation that we’ve received your application.
We’ll then ensure that your application is looked at directly in the HR department responsible for your area. There, your fit with the job profile will be checked. If there are any documents missing, we’ll get back to you at this point to ask for more information. If you are a good match for the position, your application will be handed on to the specialist department you’d like to work in.
The people in the specialist department will then go through your application.
After reviewing all the information you provided us with, we will then decide whether it’s time to invite you in for an interview so we can get to know one another.
As a rule, this pre-selection phase takes between two and four weeks.
The first interview is basically a chance for us to get to know each other. It usually takes about an hour. There’ll be somebody from Human Resources (HR) at the interview and somebody representing the department (usually the direct manager). They’ll be able to talk you through the position and how it fits into the rest of the organization. Of course, they’ll also be very curious about you! So it makes sense to do your homework: There are plenty of facts and figures on this website and the corporate website. You can even download annual reports.
If we like your background and the chemistry is right, we would then invite you back for a more detailed second-stage interview. The emphasis at this point is on more overarching issues. So as well as somebody from HR and your potential boss, there’ll quite possibly be other managers there, or people from the department. In a minority of cases, we’d even need you to attend a third interview.
Throughout the whole application process, you’ll be given a named contact who, just like your potential manager, will invest plenty of time in getting to know you.
Once you’ve successfully gone through the application process and we’ve agreed on the terms and conditions of employment, the administrative hurdle is cleared – and it’s time to plan your first day at the Company!
Unsolicited application (for no specific opening)
When you submit an unsolicited application (in other words, you don’t specify a position we’ve posted), it’s immediately entered into a central pool of potential candidates. For this reason, we would ask you to be as specific as possible in your cover letter about the area(s) you’d like to work in, and your special interests or specialist knowledge. There are also boxes on the online application form for you to tell us about the area you’d prefer working in. This also makes it easier to process your application and compare openings to your profile. If your profile is a good fit, we’ll pass your application on to a specialist department.
From that moment on, your application goes through the same processes as direct hire applications (see above).
If there’s no current opening to match your personal profile, we keep your application in our pool of potential candidates. We regularly go through applicants again and will contact you to ask if you’re still interested in a position at Fresenius. It goes without saying that we will delete your details immediately if you ask us to.
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A step-by-step timeline
Make your application the best it can be
- Use the cover letter to provide us with some persuasive arguments for taking you on. For example: Why do you actually want to work for us? What are you looking for in a career? Why are you a good fit with what we’re looking for?
- Use your résumé to show us how your experience is a good match with the position.
- Tell us about what drives you outside the workplace. Have you worked on any social causes, cultural or political affairs, or pursued personal interests that are relevant to the position you’re applying for?
- If you are given written confirmation of your experience in your country (e.g. certificates, references, courses you’ve taken, language training), please also include any documentation.
- Remember: applications that stand the best chance of making it through are applications that are complete, free of errors and truly tell us about the professional that you are.
The interview: Show your best side
- We’ll confirm the date and time with you – and remember, this is an excellent way to obtain some early information about the interview and who will be meeting you.
- Gather details on directions, parking and local geography before you go.
- During the conversation, show us the professional you are – and tell us what you know about the industry. What’s new? Where is the market headed?
- Make a point of discussing why you in particular are the most logical choice for Fresenius and this position.
- Last but not least, put some thought into your salary requirements. The amount at the end of the month is certainly important, but remuneration takes many forms.